With the exception of emergency cases, general anesthesia is always performed on an empty stomach. It takes place in three stages:
Full, pre-anaesthetic examination (analysis of blood, heart and respiratory auscultation and ECG’s).
The horse is sedated and then anesthetized in the induction box. Tracheal tubing is performed, then the gas relay (02 + Isoflurane) is provided by the anesthesia apparatus (respirator).
Monitoring of the horse is done continuously by an ECG, a capnograph and pulse oximetry and invasive blood pressure. Periodic blood gas analyses are performed.
The bringing round of a horse may be carried out under supervision, in a recovery box.